Rare Earth: Australian Made
Courtesy of the Artist Custom is for the curious seekers of bespoke contemporary jewellery.
My creative practice is varied and multi-faceted and whilst I have no favoured mode, creating custom pieces is without a doubt the most thrilling and challenging. It is an opportunity to collaborate with a client, explore new ideas and deliver a unique object that will hopefully exceed their every expectation and be cherished for a lifetime.
Carla Maxine Germann
For South African born Carla Maxine Germann, making jewellery offers a
creative means to expressing her cross-cultural experience. Carla has
an extensive academic background in jewellery design and manufacturing,
and after moving to Sydney in 2016 she has been able to turn her
knowledge and experience into a thriving business.
Carla’s pieces are magical tales of the alchemy of nature’s own jewels – precious metals and gems found in the earth’s core.
I am continually seduced by the tenacity and precision offered by metal as a medium and goldsmithing as a craft. I endeavour to make jewellery that reflects these attributes, where deceptive simplicity often conceals complex technical details, and hidden gems can mean more than those that glitter. While my concepts celebrate the connections between people, they also challenge preconceptions of how we may choose to express true love.
As a jewellery designer, my aim is to create beautiful pieces that express my love for storytelling. After two decades in the jewellery industry, I have learnt the importance of scale, perspective, colour and form. My personal style celebrates feminine beauty, with an edge. I believe jewellery is talismanic, where every piece is unique in nature and carefully measured by instinct!
My jewellery blends seamless forms with considered organic shapes and textures. Every curve, line and mark made is a gentle reminder of the connection between my hands as a maker and the materials I work with. This connection, as well as the connection formed with those that wear my jewellery is what inspires me to continually create.
For many years, I have carefully chosen Australian gemstones for our precious collection in our Rare Earth: Australian Made vault. From gorgeous teal sapphires (Rubyvale, Queensland) to our precious champagne and cognac diamonds (Argyle, Western Australia) each one tells a story as unique as the landscape we live on. From engagement rings to precious family heirlooms, I enjoy connecting our clients to these precious gemstones and finding the right artist to help tell your story!